Ozzy Osbourne: I Do Think About Death, But I Don’t Worry About It
In an exclusive interview with Kerrang! – the first since Ozzy’s Parkinson’s diagnosis – the Prince Of Darkness himself has opened up about his thoughts on life and death.
Kerrang! travelled to Ozzy Osbourne’s house in Los Angeles for an audience with the man himself, during which we spoke about everything from his health issues to his upcoming album to the power of music.
But since Ozzy’s fall last year – which forced him to postpone his world tour – and subsequent Parkinson’s diagnosis, his health and wellbeing has been at the forefront of everyone’s mind – including his own.
“Do I ever think about when my time’s gonna come?” he ponders. “I think about it; I don’t worry about it. I won’t be here in another 15 years or whatever, not that much longer, but I don’t dwell on it. It’s gonna happen to us all.
“Am I happy now? No. I haven’t got my health,” he continues. “That thing knocked the shit out of me, man, but I’m still here. In fact, I worried about [death] more when I was younger than I do now. I just try to enjoy things as much as possible, even though that’s so fucking hard sometimes.”
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Last year, Ozzy was forced to postpone his No More Tours II world tour after he was hospitalised with pneumonia and while recovering at home, he fell and dislodged the metal rods he had inserted following his 2003 quad-bike accident. This, in turn, caused serious injuries to his back, neck and shoulders.
But, 12 months later, he is now preparing to release his twelfth studio album Ordinary Man.
“If you saw me at the beginning of last year you’d think I was fucked,” he admits. “But I honestly think making this album is the best medicine I could have had. I was doing something, something I like to do. I wish I could do more, but it just felt great.”
You can read our full interview with Ozzy in the new issue of Kerrang! magazine – in UK stores now, and available to order direct to your door.
Ozzy will release Ordinary Man on February 21.
His previously postponed No More Tours II world tour is scheduled to start in May. Get your UK tickets here.
Ozzy Osbourne tour 2020
27 Atlanta, GA State Farm Arena
29 Sunrise, FL BB&T Center
31 Tampa, FL MIDFLORIDA Credit Union
02 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion
04 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
06 Hershey, PA Hershey Park Stadium
11 Pittsburgh, PA KeyBank Pavilion
13 Bangor, ME Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
16 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
18 Hamilton, ON First Ontario Centre
20 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
22 New York, NY Madison Square Garden Arena
24 St Louis, MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
26 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
28 Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena
01 Milwaukee, WI Amer. Family Ins. Amp — Summerfest
03 St Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
07 Edmonton, AB Rogers Place
09 Vancouver, BC Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
11 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
15 Portland, OR Moda Center
17 Sacramento, CA Golden 1 Center
23 Phoenix, AZ Ak-Chin Pavilion
25 San Francisco, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
29 San Diego, CA North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
31 Las Vegas, CA MGM Grand Garden Arena
23 Newcastle, Utilita Arena, UK
25 Glasgow, SSE Hydro, UK
28 London, The O2, UK
31 Birmingham, Resorts World Arena, UK
02 Manchester, Manchester Arena, UK
05 Dublin, 3Arena, Ireland
08 Nottingham, Motorpoint Arena, UK
11 Dortmund, Westfalenhalle, Germany
13 Prague, O2 Arena, Czech Republic
16 Vienna, Stadthalle, Austria
19 Bologna, Unipol Arena, Italy
22 Madrid, WiZink Arena, Spain
24 Zurich, Hallenstadion, Switzerland
26 Munich, Olympiahalle, Germany
28 Mannheim, SAP Arena, Germany
30 Berlin, Mercedes-Benz Arena, Germany
03 Hamburg, Barclaycard Arena, Germany
05 Stockholm, Friends Arena, Sweden
07 Helsinki, Hartwall Arena, Finland